Baby names! What are your favorite baby names? Did you get to use them with your kids? I have a few favorites and fortunately, I got to use 2 of those beautiful baby names with my kids in spite of a family tradition I follow.
On my dad’s side of the family, we have a tradition. Growing up, I told myself that I would diligently follow that tradition to make the elders in my family happy.
As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I immediately tracked the last letter used for naming the family’s newborn babies. My dad’s parents started the tradition.
My Family’s Tradition in Naming Newborn Babies
The practice (though not followed by everyone in the family) was to name the newborn immediate members of the family a certain way with the alphabet as the guide. It is done by skipping a letter. So not all letters of the alphabet will be used and there will be repeats.
My dad’s oldest brother opened this family tradition. His name begins with an “H”. He is followed by my aunt whose name starts with a “J”. Then she is followed by my uncle and his name starts with an “L”. My dad followed. His name starts with an “N”. Do you get the drift now? I hope so. It is not easy explaining this matter, you know. (*winks)
I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.
~ L.M. Montgomery
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To top it all off, my mom has this superstitious belief of naming her grandchildren with just 18 letters including the last name! She is claiming that it will bring them good luck. I don’t know, but I really tend to follow everything my parents tell me even at 36. That’s the Asian in me, I guess.
To cut the long story short, I needed to find beautiful baby names that would sound awesome without forgetting to follow a family tradition and a superstition.
My Exhaustive Research on Beautiful Baby Names
All these pushed me to do an exhaustive research on baby names and their meanings. Scary Mommy has a really good baby name database, if you want to check it out. Behind the Name has an extensive list too. I have an account with Babycenter and they have an array of amazing baby names to choose from as well.
I found a few I fell in love with. Some were pretty unusual, a few were a little common, and a handful of them were quite popular. Unfortunately, not all these names could be used as first names for my kids because of our family practice. That leads me to share them with you.
21 Amazing Baby Names with their Meanings
Some of these pretty baby names can be used to name both genders. See what is best for your little ones and go with it. It will feel and sound right.
Without further ado, here they are:
For your baby boys
Rocco is an Italian name. Its root word is “hrok” and it means “rest”. It is of German origin as well. As you have noticed, it is number 1 in the list because it just screamed masculinity for me. Let’s just say I named my little boy Rocco because of this. (The real reason is not that at all! Ha! My husband is of Italian and German descent.)
Don’t you love the sound of it? It sounds exceptional. It may be gaining popularity a whole lot more these days, but I still find it very unique in a way. In different countries, Kai has different meanings. However, I was drawn more to the Chinese meaning of it as Kai means “victory” to them.
Franco is another Italian name. I am more inclined to Italian names, if you notice. (Again, it is because my husband is a son of an Italian-American.) Franco is the Italian equivalent of Francis, which is derived from a Latin word meaning “Frenchman”.
Fun trivia: Did you know that the French people are called Franks in the ancient times? (Now you know! Ha!) The Franks were a Germanic tribe (See the pattern here? German! My mother-in-law is German!) They later transformed into the French people.
There is really nothing grand about Krew’s name meaning as it only means a group of people, but I really think it is trendy and preppy. A perfect name for a fashionable little boy! Change “c” to “k” and you get a cool variant of the word crew. If you want to keep it traditional yet unique, you can always pair this boy name with a classic middle name.
Sloane is a unisex name. It works great for both boys and girls, but I like it better for a boy. In Gaelic, it means “warrior”. The Celts have Sloane written in the books as a “fighter” too. Now that is the very reason why I want it for a boy. It has masculinity written all over it, don’t you agree?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, mico is “a black-tailed marmoset (Callithrix melanurus) of tropical South America”. If you are wondering what a marmoset is, it is a kind of South American monkey. Who wants to name their boy after a monkey? Not me.
So, I dug some more and found out that Mico is a chief or a ruler among the people of the Creek Confederacy and some of their neighbors in the mid-18th century. Now that’s more like it!
Costas is really a nickname. It is a short form for the Greek name Konstantino. We are more familiar with Constantine though. It means “steadfast or constant” in Latin. If you ask me, I will say that is one hell of a meaning.
Wyatt is of English origin. It is an alteration of a name from the medieval times that means “brave or tough in war”. That is most definitely masculine-sounding, don’t you think?
The bible mentioned Gideon as a hero. He was a military leader who defended the people of Israel against the Midianites. You will be giving your kid a favor if you name him or her after one fearless and courageous leader, right?
Milo is a derivation from the Latin word “Miles” which means “soldier”. (Yes! Again! I know!) If you are looking for a different meaning of it, Milo in English means “merciful”. Don’t you want to tell people that?
For your baby girls
I named my little girl Vienna (She turned 1 in June.), so I am a little biased with this one. It is beautiful for me no matter what other people say. My friend Lori told me it sounds like royalty. I just beam every time I am reminded of that comment. It was not my first choice, but my husband really wanted it. Quite honestly, I have grown to love it more and more each day. It suits my little girl, I tell you!
Vienna, as we all know, is the capital city of Austria. It is dubbed as the “City of Music” and the “City of Dreams”. It’s kind of like my daughter. Music and dream rolled into one.
Latin name “Arabella” means “yielding to prayer”. If you would want your little girl named with a baby name that is not only beautiful and amazing but graceful and lovable at the same time, go for Arabella. It just rolls off the tongue, don’t you think?
This African-American name means “beautiful”. It also means pretty, lovely, and attractive. Everybody wants everything beautiful and don’t you ever deny that!
Related to the names Blanche and Blanca, Bianca means “white or fair”. It can also mean “shining”. In addition, it is an Italian name.
Delaney is a beautiful name of English origin with French roots. While studying this name, I found out that it can mean “child of dark defiance”.
I am not so crazy about that meaning but really love the sound of the name, so I decided to research some more and came across a much better sense. It said this name can also mean “dark challenger”. Better, right?
This name is of Latin and Italian origin which means “star”. Should I elaborate? That’s what I thought!
Ora is of Hebrew origin which means “light”. Originally, I intended to have this as a middle name for my little girl.
However, her name would not be 18 letters all in all if I ever did. So I went ahead with a 2-letter middle name instead. (I didn’t want to disappoint “the mother”!)
I am assuming everyone knows that Luna, in Latin, means moon. It is going to be a pretty name for your little girl. Trust me.
Isn’t it nice to be telling people you named your daughter Luna because she is your light when you are feeling dark? (Ha! Sounds corny, huh? Ugh! I don’t know about you!)
Reina is the Spanish term for “queen”. Need not say more!
The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Coco to me is the ever fashionable Coco Chanel. Initially, this was only a nickname for the French name Nicolette.
Now, more and more parents are slowly baptizing their little girls with this name. I must admit, it is brilliantly distinctive.
A variation of Isabel, Isabella is of Italian origin meaning “devoted to God”. Isn’t it lovely?
21 Amazing and Beautiful Baby Names with Meanings
I really enjoyed looking up for uniquely beautiful baby names! The best part of both my pregnancies was actually researching for charming names and their meanings.
If you think there is some more meaning to these names that you want to add, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I personally check all my emails and I reply quickly most of the time too.
Talk to you soon,
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